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June 13, 2005
Iraq
Given that Washington's image has fallen sharply in Britain, South Korea and Turkey since George W Bush became president, he should have been unusually eager to please the three countries' visiting leaders. But he wasn't. Perhaps an election campaign contribution would have helped.

Ouch. Our stock has certainly fallen around the world, hasn't it? Is the "secret" really this open...that money actually can buy this Administration? (The numbers are in the report and I haven't had time to cross-check them against any other sources yet.) And, reading to the end, I'm humiliated all over again by the contemptuous way we're treating the rest of the world.

Suicide bombers in Iraq. A lot of the time, they're Iraqis. I was, as always fascinated by the glimpse of history in the article. I hope someone more knowledgeable than I am about the history of the region reads it and provides an opinion.

In the meantime, of course, the Rightwing in the USofA continues to show amazing sensitivity to human rights issues.

Our failures in Iraq should haunt this country the way our failures in Vietnam did. They should. I'm not sure they will. People in this country seem to have a convenient blind spot around our own atrocities.

The Scalping Party, by Mike Davis (and Tom Engelhardt).

Posted by AnneZook at 08:46 AM


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